So Why Do Liberals Suddenly Dislike France? Because Trump

By Rachel Alexander Published on March 13, 2018

The French do it every year. Liberals love France. Have you ever met a liberal who didn’t love wine, smelly soft cheese, existentialist philosophy? Who didn’t feel weepy about the French Revolution? Who didn’t love singing La Marseillaise? So why aren’t liberals cheering when Donald Trump wants to do what the French do?

Because it’s Trump doing it. And because what he wants to do is have the military parade on Veterans’ Day the way the French military parades on Bastille Day.

The Wannabe Tyrant?

Take New York magazine. It warned that the parade would be the kind of thing “various despotic regimes” would do. It shuddered at “the sight of the vehicles rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue in 2018 with a certain wannabe tyrant at the helm of the country.”

The Secretary of Defense’s Rules for the Parade

From his office’s memo issued on March 8th:

• The parade will integrate with the annual D.C. Veteran’s Day Parade. …

• Include the Medal of Honor Association and other Veterans Service Organizations.

• Veterans and Medal of Honor recipients should be surrounding POTUS in the reviewing area at the Capitol.

• The parade will highlight the evolution of women Veterans from separate formations in World War II to today’s integrated formations.

• Represent Veterans from previous wars by formations wearing period uniforms.

• Utilize the Old Guard Fife and Drum, uniforms used at Anniversary celebrations, and reenactments. …

• Include a heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available.

The Guardian ran an article titled “Trump’s desire for a military parade reveals him as a would-be despot.” The writer, Jonathan Freedland, called the parade “just the latest and potentially most spectacular demonstration of Trump’s authoritarian instincts.” He argued his point this way:

Just as he has repeatedly expressed admiration for strongmen in the Vladimir Putin mode, just as he regards the machinery of the state as his personal staff – casually referring to “my justice department” or “my generals” – and just as this week he suggested that those who refuse to applaud him are “treasonous”, so this is yet more proof that Trump’s instincts are those of the autocrat. Little wonder that he wants to take the salute at the kind of military display more associated with Moscow or Pyongyang than Washington DC.

 The Authoritarian Regime?

CNN listed authoritarian regimes that hold military parades. See? the editors wanted you to think, Trump’s just like them! There’s a problem, though. The network ignored the many non-authoritarian countries that hold parades celebrating the military. Portugal held one in 2014. Australia held one in 2013. Finland has held seven in recent years. And Finland’s even more France than France is!

A lot more countries like these hold parades. But the mainstream media ignores them because they don’t fit the story the media want to tell. They don’t want you to think of Finland. They want you to the think of Chile during the 70s. Even better, Italy in the 30s.

News outlets focused obsessively on the fact that French tanks damage the streets. American taxpayers would have to pay to repair the D.C. streets after the parade. The administration announced the parade would not include tanks. “Consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure,” the Pentagon said.

That didn’t satisfy the left. New York magazine sarcastically observed that tanks weren’t being withheld because they conjured up “visions of some autocratic post-Soviet republic” — implying that the parade did just that.

Oh yes. The last U.S. military parade featured tanks. That took place in 1991, celebrating victory in the first Gulf War, Desert Storm. Back then, “Old-fashioned patriotism was clearly the order of the day,” the Los Angeles Times reported. No one complained back then. Even with Republican George H. W. Bush being president, the liberals didn’t complain.

The Cost? 

The left is also criticizing the cost, which has been estimated between $3 million and $50 million. An article from NPR ominously warned that “Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost As Much As $50 Million.” One left-wing site didn’t even cite the range, but declared it will cost “around $30 million.”

In response, Democrats in Congress introduced the “PARADE” Act bill to prevent tax dollars from paying for it. What does “parade” stand for? “Preventing the Allocation of Resources for Absurd Defense Expenditures.” Get it?

The Leftists in Their Ivory Towers

The left has legitimate philosophical disagreements with the Trump administration. But to get so upset over a military parade of the kind lots of countries put on? That France — liberal paradise France — puts on? The left and the complicit left-leaning media can’t tell the difference between a real disagreement and a pointless one.

No matter what Trump does, he’s criticized. Even if he turns left, the left itself criticizes him. Trump makes a left turn and supports DACA? Doesn’t go far enough. He’s racist unless he supports the full DREAM Act. Trump supports banning bump stocks? Doesn’t go far enough. He doesn’t care about the victims of gun crimes unless he calls for far more strict gun control laws.

“This parade will focus on the contributions of our Veterans throughout the history of the U.S. military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the cost of freedom,” the memo for the Joint Chiefs of Staff states. Mostly thanks to the left, much of the nation didn’t welcome home Vietnam veterans after the war. Maybe it’s overdue to honor them with a parade.

The president could still make the left happy. He could order a giant reception on the Mall to honor our veterans featuring wine and smelly soft cheese and repeated singings of La Marseillaise. Viva la France! Even without tanks!

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  • Putin on the Ritz

    France is authoritarian, what’s the problem?

  • Bojaws Dubois

    I remember way back when the U.S. was contemplating invading Iraq. The French government along with most of the rest of the world was against it. So conservatives decided to hate France. They’re not capable of understanding that not everything fits in the box they want to shove it in. Some people in France were in favor of invading Iraq. But that didn’t register. It’s just like BLM. They find one guy in BLM who is bad so they reject the entire group and all its message because of that one guy.

    Another thing is that they all act in unison following the trumpet blown by Rush (now Sean). They all hated all of France not one capable of generating an original thought.

    So here we see that someone who this author wants to call “liberal” criticizes an act that France did so the author makes a sweeping generalization that liberals dislike France.

    • Chip Crawford

      Actually not. Prejudice. Sloppy generalizations. Doing what you accuse. Yep, right out of the Dem playbook. Ever think an independent thought? Hope so, but not here for sure.

    • Andrew Mason

      Actually the BLM crowd were rejected because of their racist practices, messages and ideology. Has there been one guy who’s been particularly bad? Perhaps, but if so I’ve not heard of him. As for Iraq and France, conservatives disliked France before they decided not to get involved. And as for following the trumpet blown by RushSean, who? Mass generalisations, bad logic, and outright errors.

  • JOSEPH

    HONOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR FREEDOM….FREEDOM COST THEM EVERYTHING…

  • Skay

    The treatment of our soldiers and Vietnam vets during and after that war by the left
    was appaling. I will never forget their disgusting behavior so I really don’t care what they think now about a parade honoring all of our veterans. We are the land of the free BECAUSE of the BRAVE. That has been true since the founding
    of this country.
    Suggestion to the complainers–stay home. Our solders and veterans deserve to be honored.

  • George Mehnert

    I do have a special interest in France having lived there for 6 years as an Army C.I.D. investigator and I studied the history of France. Although in the Army, I lived on the economy not on base because of my job. The French have been run over so many times especially by the Germans, which is my actual heritage, that they pretty much just surrender and tend to be a very Liberal and Catholic nation. I was there for some of the marches during the 1960’s and during part of the Algerian war. The French just want to raise their families in peace. But many seem to finally realize they are going to have to stand-up or be controlled by someone else. I could go on. But, about you: You have special skills from your background and should have a better knowledge of discerning facts from fiction, and probably have a bit of an investigative mindset, far more at least than many reporters who have been reporters much longer than you have, and this should give you an edge. Plus you are a very good writer. I expect to see you nationally very soon. George

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